Preserving History: The Power of Books

The Melbourne Holocaust Museum partners with Real Publishing for this thought-provoking panel on Holocaust survivor memoirs.

Three authors will discuss their books, their writing processes, and the responsibility to record and share memories of the Holocaust. The panel will be moderated by Romy Moshinsky, founder of Real Publishing.

Romy Moshinsky

Genia Janover

Since editing her first biography in 2009, Romy Moshinsky has developed a niche as a memoirist and publisher of beautifully designed non-fiction books. She founded Real Publishing in 2012 with editor Georgie Raik-Allen and has co-written and/or edited and published 44 books, including fourteen Holocaust survivor stories.

Genia Janover has enjoyed a distinguished career in education over more than five decades, including as the celebrated principal of Bialik College for 20 years. After the death of her father, Yitzchak Kluska, Genia and her late brother Jack decided to translate and preserve the diary Yitzchak wrote in Yiddish during the Holocaust. The diary, Not with Ink, but with Blood and Tears, was published in 2018. The original manuscript was donated to the Melbourne Holocaust Museum.

Frances Prince

Ron Pila

Frances Prince is an educator with lifelong expertise in Jewish studies, Holocaust education and leadership in Victoria’s interfaith community. During the extended lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, Frances wrote Gift of Time – Discoveries from the Daily Ritual of Reading with my Father about the experiences of her father, the late David Prince, during the Holocaust, and his life as a Polish Jewish university student in post-war Munich.

Ron Pila is a lawyer with a special interest in history and geopolitics. In 2020, Ron launched his book Under a Lucky Star – My Father’s Story of Survival Against the Odds, which recounts Josh Pila’s inspirational story through the horrors of the Holocaust, the deprivations of the post-war Europe, the pioneering spirit of the newly created State of Israel and the relative tranquillity of life in Melbourne.